Portmahomack is the site of Scotland’s only Scheduled Pictish monastic settlement. Excavations between 1994 & 2007 revealed a wealth of Pictish stone carvings, and evidence that the Picts made vellum for creating early Christian books. The period ended with a violent Viking raid. The later St Colman’s Church, itself an A-listed building and now Tarbat Discovery Centre, displays many of these finds as well as those from the 13th – 16th century, a time of fierce clan battles. 88 medieval burials were excavated within the church. The remains of a smithy were found in the field adjacent. Twenty years on, this award-winning archaeology programme continues to reveal fascinating details about this intensely historic peninsula and what life was like all those years ago.
Address: Tarbat Old Parish Church, Tarbatness Road, Portmahomack IV20 1YA
Tel: 01862 871 351